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Teachers, administrators, and school boards personnel grapple with increasingly complex family law issues.  To ensure you can effectively respond to these complex issues, you need a current and concise update on the most common family law issues as they play out in the education environment.

Developed by education law experts, this OsgoodePD program provides education professionals and their advisors with a clear understanding of the pressing family law issues facing educators today. What are your legal obligations? How should you handle the issues on the front-line?

This comprehensive full day program will drill down on the tools and strategies you need in order to effectively deal with the complex family law issues educators’ face, including:

  • The legal regime governing family law matters: the law guiding your actions
  • Interpreting court orders: understanding the role of the school & position of the board
  • Joint custody presumptions under the Education Act & dealing with front-line disputes
  • Access: from the right to education information under the Children’s Law Reform Act to inappropriate interactions with the school
  • Dealing with a court summons: What’s the process? What documents can be provided? Do you speak with counsel?
  • When does the Office of the Children’s Lawyer get involved: what are your obligations? Do you allow interviews at school? What about requests for access to information?  Is consent required?
  • Best practices in responding to requests for Ontario School Record information
  • Accommodations: an update on recent human rights decisions
  • Dealing with parental harassment
  • Update on recent Human Rights decisions: how are boards being required to adapt their policies to accommodate joint custody arrangements?



  • Jennifer Trepanier, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Nicola Simmons, Keel Cottrelle LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $75.00 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 5 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.

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In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Myrsini Zacharakis at mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

November 10, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST

Online Replay
December 12, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$545 plus HST

This program has been cancelled.

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • School administrators
  • Teachers
  • Supervisory Officers
  • School Trustees
  • Directors of Education
  • School Board Staff
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education and Ontario College of Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners, family lawyers, civil litigators, human rights

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